Hey everyone! Nick Elston here, and today we’re talking about an industry that brings people together for some of the most impactful and memorable experiences: the events industry. But, let’s be honest, while it’s one heck of a ride, it can also be a rollercoaster of stress, deadlines, and sky-high expectations. So how do we strike that elusive balance between delivering a cracking event and maintaining our own wellbeing, personal development, and yes, a bit of joy?
The Wellbeing Blindspot
Event planners and organisers, you’re amazing at orchestrating experiences that cater to everyone else’s wellbeing. But let’s flip the spotlight back onto you for a sec. Your wellbeing is not a ‘nice-to-have’; it’s a ‘must-have.’ Burnout is not a badge of honour; it’s a red flag that you’re running on fumes. Time to fill that tank up with some self-care, my friends.
Cultivating Personal Development
You’re in an industry that’s all about creating unforgettable experiences, so why not create some for yourself? Dive into workshops, webinars, and training that feed your mind and soul. Learning isn’t just about amassing knowledge; it’s about enriching your perspective and adding more tools to your toolkit.
Joy – The Secret Sauce
The events industry has a knack for being all-consuming. Between vendor negotiations, attendee lists, and 3 am panic attacks about whether the keynote speaker’s lapel mic will work, it’s easy to forget the joy that drew you to this career in the first place. Remember, you’re in a unique position to facilitate moments that can transform people’s lives or careers. Relish it.
Keeping It Real
I get it, sometimes you just need to let your hair down. And you know what, it’s not only okay, but it’s also beneficial. Unwinding and giving yourself permission to let loose can, paradoxically, make you more focused and efficient when you return to the grind.
Creating a Wellbeing Culture
But wellbeing isn’t a solo mission; it’s a collective effort. By fostering a culture of wellbeing among your team, you’re setting up a virtuous cycle. A happy team makes for a smooth-running event, which in turn makes for happy attendees, which…you get the picture.
The Power of ‘No’
It’s hard to say ‘no’ when you want to please everyone and pull off the perfect event. But boundaries are crucial in any high-stress job, especially when every decision you make affects hundreds or even thousands of people. So, don’t feel guilty about putting yourself first sometimes. A rested you is an effective you.
Look, Listen, Learn
Your experiences, good and bad, are the best teachers. After each event, take some time to reflect. What worked? What didn’t? And most importantly, how did you feel throughout it? This reflection isn’t just good for you; it’s vital for the growth of your events and your business.
So, here’s your action plan, hot off the press:
1. Prioritise Wellbeing: Make time for yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
2. Never Stop Learning: Invest in courses and experiences that make you better at your job and as a person.
3. Find Joy: Reconnect with what made you fall in love with your work in the first place.
4. Let Loose: Don’t forget to unwind and recharge your batteries.
5. Foster Team Wellbeing: A happy team means a successful event.
Look, we’re shaping the experiences and memories of our attendees. Let’s make sure we’re also shaping a better version of ourselves in the process. So, who’s with me in making 2024 the year of wellbeing, personal development, and joy in the events industry?
See you all at CHS Birmingham 2023 very soon!